The final Premier League games of March take place this weekend before we go into an international break as Chelsea look to at least maintain their huge lead at the top and the weekend’s action concludes with Manchester City taking on Liverpool at the Etihad.
Manchester United will be looking to continue their good form when they go to struggling Middlesbrough, whilst Tottenham will be looking to take all three points against Southampton.
Here are this week’s Premiership Tips:
Stoke City vs Chelsea
Chelsea are on course to do the double in Antonio Conte’s first season at Stamford Bridge following their 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday night. The Blues are on a three-game winning streak in the Premier League and maintain a 10-point lead at the top.
Stoke City are battling for a top half finish this season and got a 0-0 draw at Manchester City in their last match – more than a week ago. They have picked up a couple of wins recently in matches they were expected to win but have been hammered 4-0 at Tottenham and lost to West Brom.
With Eden Hazard and Pedro in good form and N’Golo Kante being the best player in the league right now, Chelsea have enough to take three points from the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
Middlesbrough vs Manchester United
Middlesbrough start the weekend in 19th place and with only 19 goals to their name this season. However, they do have one of the best defensive records in the league.
Manchester United will be coming off their UEFA Europa League match versus Rostov on Thursday before this game, where Jose Mourinho is expected to have named a strong starting lineup. It is at least at Old Trafford but does mean less rest and preparation for their trip to the Riverside where the hosts haven’t played since their FA Cup exit at home to Manchester City last Saturday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended for this one but Marcus Rashford has the ability to be a match winner despite a poor goalscoring record under Mourinho. With Middlesbrough being goal shy I really expect David de Gea and co to be keeping a clean sheet in this one.